Jewish Journal


January 15, 2010

Koufax and Torre to appear at Nokia together



This might be a ticket worth buying. The great and oft-unseen Sandy Koufax will take the stage at the Nokia Theatre next month with Dodger skipper Joe Torre. Their chat will be moderated by LAT columnist, and curmudgeon-in-residence, T.J. Simers, who writes:

Koufax has taken such a low profile that even though he gave his approval to the 2002 book, “Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy,” he would not consent to being interviewed by the author, Jane Leavy.

In his 1966 autobiography, Koufax wrote, “When I told [my mom] I was writing this book, she asked if I’d give her one of the first copies so she could find out something about me. ‘You never told me anything,’ ” she said.

Later he would add, “My folks didn’t know that I was playing baseball at [the University of] Cincinnati, possibly because I didn’t tell them.”

I read Leavy’s book, and it’s a good one. Of course, Koufax was, as far as lefties go, The Great one.

In other Jewish news, the baseball-card company Jewish Major Leaguers has named Kevin Youkilis the Jewish player of this decade. A worthy choice.

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